The 5th day of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic California was full of drama, drama, drama!
It started in heat 2 in the round of 48. With Jordy Smith (ZAF), Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA) and Roy Powers (HAW) together in one heat, it was definitely one to watch! Jordy Smith however had rolled his ankle at a charity event last night and as a precautionary measure ahead of Puerto Rico, pulled out of the heat.
Raoni and Roy finished ahead of current CWC Series leader Shaun Cansdell and knocked him out of the competition!! Shaun’s fate and that of the $50.000 was left up to second placed Stuart Kennedy (AUS) who was surfing later in the morning.
And so the drama continued: Stuart Kennedy was also knocked out of his heat in the round of 48 meaning Shaun Cansdell maintains the Series lead, but has not quite won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2010 yet. His fate now lies in the hands of fellow Australian, Dion Atkinson who must reach the finals to secure a CWC Series win after making it through his round of 24 heat in the dying seconds.
19 year old Santa Cruz local Nat Young put on quite a show at his home break coming through top of both his heats. 20 year old New Zealander Billy Stairmand scored the highest heat total of the day with a 15.27. And the youngest competitor here, 16 year old Kolohe Andino (USA) impressed all with his aerial skills.